Before You, After You …

First of all, they are not love stories. There were lovely relationship in the books but they never surpass the focus of books; finding love in unexpected places and making life choices.

I know this isn’t a conventional love story. I know there are all sorts of reasons I shouldn’t even be saying what I am. But I love you. I do

Me Before You is a story of Louisa Clark, funny and lazy, lovely and I relate to her. She do not have any ambitions, nor she want to leave her house to achieve anything bigger in her life. Except, she has a boyfriend and she want to marry. She is working in a cafe from her school time and everyone in town knows her. Then the cafe closed, and she needs a job.

That’s how she meets Will. Will is quadriplegic and rude. Louisa becomes his care taker. But, there is more, one day she found out that Will wants to end up his miserable life. Will’s mother asks Louisa to save him. To show him there is more to life.

Does it look like love story. No. But, the relationship of Will and Louisa is very vibrant. They fight and laugh and watch movie together. Louisa takes good care of him. They go to his ex-girlfriend marriage where they dance, to a trip, and a horse race. They both go to tattoo shop. Music concerts. Lunch at Louisa’s house.

“What do you say, Will? Going to give me a whirl ? ”
“What ?”
“Come on. Let’s give these fuckers something to talk about.”

If you’re going to wear a dress like that you need to wear it with confidence. You need to fill it out mentally as well as physically.

You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.

So this is it. You are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in, with your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt.

Will and Louisa, somehow, open each other in many ways. Will who was rude and depressed, show his kind and thrill side to Louisa. Louisa earns it btw.  Louisa tells her story to him.

Its not a matter of giving you a chance. I’ve watched you these six months becoming a whole different person, someone who is only just beginning to see her possibilities. You have no idea how happy that has made me. I don’t want you to be tied to me, to my hospital appointments, to the restrictions on my life. I don’t want you to miss out on the things someone else could give you.

Will motivate Louisa and made her to see dreams. Louisa, who never wanted to go out of town, ends up in going to world tour at the end. Louisa make him feel respected again which he crave as he feel humiliated because he is a paralyze person, always depended on other people for smallest of task.

Clark and Traynor family has a big part in the book. Clark family is poor, funny and they all love each other despite of fights. Traynor family owns castle, rich, and they do not talk in face to each other, even they show as a happy family. Lou‘s sister is person who is like a personal adviser of Lou, but is she ever listen ?  Will’s family is holding on to Will’s decision of life and death. And Will is like

Don’t think of me too often. I don’t want to think of you getting all maudlin. Just live well. Just live.

Book ends with sad end but it is not a hopelessly type sad end, what happened in the end was justified, and give satisfaction.

I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive, perpetual. I wanted to press every bit of me against him. I wanted to will something into him. I wanted to give him every bit of life I felt and force him to live.

I held him close and said nothing, all the while telling him silently that he was loved. Oh, but he was loved.

And then start the next book. After You . Lou “is in somewhere in London, working as a waitress at some airport. She is depressed and is not out of Will’s trance. A kind of accident and she broke her leg and has to go home. When she came back, she has to join a therapy club because her dad think she tried to did suicide.

No journey out of grief was straightforward. There would be good days and bad days.

I loved a man who had opened up a world to me but hadn’t loved me enough to stay in it.

One night, surprise knocks her door. Lily, daughter of Will. But Lily is a unpredictable child, she runaway from her house any time, she steal money, she smoke and her mother, in a fight tell her she has gone on her father. Bad manner, rude and mean.  But she has some reasons to do all bad work. Later it is solved.

Too many people follow their own happiness without a thought for the damage they leave in their wake

After You tells the story of Lou’s life after Will’s death, and again comes the love and respect from the unexpected place. From Lily and a man she came across because of the therapy club.Now she has to made decisions.

She set up the meeting of Lily with her grandpa and her grandma. Both are divorced now. But they are happy for Lily but no one at first take steps to take her into their life.

This is a story of Lily too, who took the wrong road, but with the help of Lou, she come to right one. Same as Will helped Lou, Lou help Lily. Making the circle.

We are all part of some great cycle, some pattern that it was only God’s purpose to understand.

This is story but, what is better than the story was the writing and Clark family. Clark family is funny, emotional and FAMILY.  Lou’s mom-dad relations were good laugh and her sister’s struggle again show the wrong choices but her family is supporting her a lot.

Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you still had your mother or father at your back, you’d be okay.

Therapy session tells how much Lou has discovered herself.  How much Will has changed her. And she developed throughout the book.

The end is not much good. She leave everyone again and go to New York for a job. She has the love, and she left it for the sake of love who is dead. I do not think Lou understand what Will was saying to her. He does not wanted her to explore the world, he mean that she explore herself. She should had stayed with her love instead of leaving everyone again.

Writing a sequel of a good book is tough work. Jojo Moyes is not in negative light completely but, surely After You is not a sequel Me Before You deserve. It has all the ingredients but the whole book is over shadow by Will.

I liked this one though, might be there will be a third book. There is a scope.

First book is more about the Will and Lou. Will was like the hurricane in everyone’s life. Second one is about their families. How Will’s family is surviving and how Lou’s family is supporting her and taking care of each other. Then Lily happen, and Clark family lean on her. I mean her grandma.

Family dynamics, choices you made and their consequences, and getting love and respect surprisingly from the places you never thought.

It is a charming saga of love, lose and then love again.

But this is not a love story. Absolutely not.


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